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Baseball Lamp 

Written By: Team Recycling Et Cetera 


Liquid super glue (1) 
Scissors (1) 

Tape measure (1) 
Wire stripper/crimper (1) 
bandsaw or hacksaw (1) 
fine metal file (1) 
hand-held electric drill (1) 


baseball helmet (1) 

aluminum baseball bat (1) 

wooden lamp (1) 

150-degree PVC connector (1) 

flat head screws (2) 

Nuts (2) 

Hollow steel tube (1) 

Light bulb (1) 


Ever have an old bat and helmet lying around? Well, now it is time to use that old kid's stuff 
to make a nice house lamp. This can be used in a man cave, child's room, or just about 
anywhere else in the house. While you can always buy at a lamp at the store to save time, 
this guide will provide you with the tools to build a one-of-a-kind item. 

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Baseball Lamp 

Step 1 — Baseball Lamp 

• Take the wooden lamp and cut the plug from the wire. Leave enough wire to reattach the 
plug after the lamp is assembled. 

• You can discard the vertical wooden support and the inner metal cylinder. 

• This should leave you with a round wooden base and the lamp socket. 

Step 2 

• In the butt of the batt, drill a 5/8" 
hole. This hole will be used for 
support of the structure. 

• Locate a 5/8" hollow steel or PVC 
tube to be used in step 3. 

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Step 3 

• Cut the 5/8" diameter tube to 
roughly 12" long. This 
measurement does not need to be 
exact as it will be inside the bat 
and not visible. 

• Drill a hole in the wooden base just 
slightly under 5/8" for the rod to fit 
into. The rod will be pressed into 
the hole in the base and housed 
inside the bat to create a vertical 

Step 4 

♦ Place the previous parts aside for a 
little while and we will focus on the 
helmet now. 

♦ Remove the foam in the inside of 
the helmet as best you can. This 
can be done using a knife. Not all 
of it needs to be removed. 

♦ The foam is removed to 
make the lamp safer as it 

could pose a fire hazard otherwise. 

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Step 5 

• Drill two 1/8" holes in the back of 
the helmet as shown. These two 
holes will be used to attach the 
helmet to the bat as a light shade. 

Step 6 

• Now let's finish up the work on the 

• In the wide part of the bat, cut a 
rectangular notch into the side 
using a metal bandsaw or 
hacksaw. This will be where the 
light socket goes in the end. 

• The dimensions of the cut will 
depend on the light socket used. 
My notch was cut to be 2" deep 
and the width of the bat. 

• Locate this notch about 2" below 
the top of the bat. The light will 
be housed in the shade. 

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Step 7 

• Having cut the notch in the front side of the bat, you can now figure out placement of the 

• Take your helmet which has the two holes drilled in the back. Line up where you wish to 
have the "shade" and mark the two holes in the helmet onto the bat. 

• On my lamp, the top hole is about half an inch from the top of the bat. 

• Drill holes through the bat at the locations you marked. Place the two screws through the 
holes and tighten them down using the nuts. 

• Finger-tight is fine. If you tighten them too much the helmet will crack. 

• You can now mount the bat on the base. 

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Step 8 

• The physical structure is done and 
now it is time for the light fixture 

• Run the wire through the 150- 
degree PVC pipe connector. This 
will help angle the bulb into the 
helmet shade. 

• Use liquid super glue to bond the 
PVC connector and light socket. 

• This will need to sit for a 
couple of hours to allow the 
glue to dry. My glue had dried in 
about 3 hours. 

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Step 9 

• String the wire through the bat and hollow steel tube. 

• Place the light fixture where you wish it to be, pointing out of the notch. 

• Tape the fixture in place and use super glue to fully secure it. 

• This will also take about 3 hours and the tape should be left on until the glue is dry. 

• As the glue is drying the wooden base and the butt of the bat can also be glued together. 

• Allow everything to dry before handling the lamp further. 

Step 10 

• The final touches are added here! 

• Take the cut ends of the wire, strip 
the plastic insulation off and 
discard it. 

• Splice the wires together, matching 
the grooved and nongrooved 

• Use electrical tape to cover the 
exposed wire. 

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Step 11 

• Screw in a light bulb and plug your 
lamp in. 

• Turn it on and there you go, a 
unique lamp to enjoy. 

This document was last generated on 2012-12-19 08:34:32 PM. 

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